Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Worth Reading On Wednesday March 19, 2013

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These are blog posts that I have found to be honest, keeping it real, inspiring, uplifting, encouraging, thoughtful, introspective, among other feelings.  Maybe one will speak to you…check them out!

 

 

I Want to Be Awesome at Humility by Tiny Twig

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An honest depiction of ‘when things get wild’ from a Mom/Wife/Woman’s perspective.  I love the part about “I want to be awesome at everything!”.  Hello!  Raise your hand if this applies to you!  That is so me!  The comments section is great too…we are not alone ladies!  🙂

 

 

 

When Your Sister is Coming by The Nester

 

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The Nester is one of my favorite daily blogs.  Her words ring truth for me almost daily; yet she has no idea how many women she inspires.  I am guilty of the all-or-nothing mindset many times when it comes to do a project, cleaning a room, organizing, etc.  If I can’t do it to the fullest degree that I envision in my mind, then I would prefer to just not do it all.  I am working on that mindset, but whew, IT IS HARD.  Perfectionism is a hard habit, way of life and thinking that is hard to move past.

 

 

 

To the Parents of Small Children:  Let Me Be the One Who Says It Out Loud

 

This post had me in stitches and close to tears at the same time, this Pastor nailed it and I thank him for writing out the list of “Your Not a Terrible Parent…” list.  This one hits so close to home for me.  Here is an excerpt:

“You’re an actual parent with limits. You cannot do it all. We all need to admit that one of the casualties specific to our information saturated culture is that we have sky-scraper standards for parenting, where we feel like we’re failing horribly if we feed our children chicken nuggets and we let them watch TV in the morning.  One of the reasons we are so exhausted is that we are oversaturated with information about the kind of parents we should be…”

Click on the links above to read these fantastic posts by some great authors.

 

Ta Ta for Now,

 

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confessional list February 27, 2013

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I have mentioned over the past few months with a select few people that I have issues.  I have many issues, all of which I am not about to divulge here on this blog today, but I am going to share one of my bigger issues.  I do not know why I feel the need to share this list and in some weird way confess this information, but nonetheless I do feel compelled to share.  So, here goes. 

 

I am well on my way to being a hoarder!  HOARDER!  Some of my awesome, loving, support friends and family try to help me rationalize and label it something else as “Oh no honey, you are just a collector”, or “You see other ways objects can be utilized and your creativity”…and so on.  And first and foremost, to those of you who try to help me laugh at myself or tell me that it isn’t THAT bad, well THANK YOU, but I mean, let’s just be REAL!  I may not be to the “let’s call TLC Hoarders” stage yet, but I assure you, I am well on my way if things don’t change! 

 

A few weeks back while Cason was napping and I was attempting to clean the house (and was failing miserably), I decided to just write down the items that I tend to hoard.  Most of you probably already know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE thrift stores, so you can already see how this story goes…LOL!  I have come to the realization that I compulsively buy things simply because they fall into a category of object/thing/item/collectible/stuff that I like.  It does not matter that I might have 14 of that same item already at home in some shape or size.  In less than 10 minutes I had quickly (it was a little too easy honestly for me to rattle the list off so quickly) ticked off 50 categories!  OH MY STARS!  I was laughing in a “are you for real” type of way by the time I was done.  This massive list was starring me in the face once and for all.  Even though I “see” the stuff every day, I evidently have begun to not see it anymore.  Those clutter blinders are working overtime!

 

So, without further ado, here is my Hoarding List Confessional (not in any specific order):

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So, WHEW!   What a list!  Are you still with me?  Hopefully you didn’t bail on me after reading that list.  Embarrassing on many levels, but it is just real.  So, now what?  If you are like me, you are asking “Ummm, where do I even start?”   Tossing it all out would not be good, so let’s just skip right over that option.  I obviously need to cull a LOT of stuff.  I wrote this list in late January and since then I have been steadily trying to go through my stuff.  I have attempted to better organize what I am keeping and be much more mindful of my purchases when I am out on my thrift store jaunts.  I have taken 20 boxes for donation at various local thrift stores, 10 bins for consignment, and recycled/tossed what I could.  I will provide more details later on my different quirky hoard of items. The funny part of it all is that most of my stuff is neatly arranged, OCD organized, and quite lovely….Organized Clutter at it’s finest, at least that is what I keep telling lying to myself.

 

So, anyone else a closet hoarder?  Or are you just out in the open like me now?  :-)  Have you made your list?  Do you need to? 

 

I am off to the thrift store, I mean, errr, off to sort through more items.  😉

 

Stay Groovy! 

Iris

 

Thrifty Books Rock my world August 21, 2012

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One thing I love about thrift stores is the endless supply of books on any topic…you just never know what book you might come across while digging in the baskets and bins of books.  Today I found the following books, all priced at 50 cents each.

 

 

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Titles include:

The Best Things Ever Said About Parenting

The Joy of Parenthood

The Power of a Positive Mom

The Energy Bus

God’s Word for Simple Abundance

Beachcombing at Miramar, the Quest for an Authentic Life

Yoga for Live, Feel Confident

I’m a Big Brother (NO announcement being made, for when/if Cason fits this description, this Mom is ready)

Dear Dad, If I Could Tell You Anything (bought for Pete)

Becoming a Woman of Freedom

Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life

Crucial Conversations

The Martha Stewart Cookbook (because well, it’s Martha!)

 

Have you read any of these? If you want to borrow one, or two, just let me know!  I am happy to share!   Got any books you recommend I read? 

 

I always get a juice nugget of wisdom, perspective, advice, or creative idea from any book I read. Of course I will share what words speak to me in these books.  Obviously I am doing a lot of soul searching and all of these books all had titles that match my thoughts right now.  Awesome, thanks thrift store! 

 

Happy Reading!

 

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Watermelon! August 20, 2012

Filed under: Cason the Kiddo,Funnies,Summertime and the Livin's Easy — Treasuring The Journey @ 1:29 PM

To say Cason loves watermelon is an understatement.  These pictures provide all the proof…

Getting ready to chow down.  Daddy hurry up with this bib already! 

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Open Wide! 

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Chomp Chomp Chomp!

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Yummy! 

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Watermelon eating is serious business!

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Want some Daddy? 

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What mess?

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I have never smiled and laughed so much while enjoying some delicious watermelon. 

Have you eaten watermelon lately?  You should get one while the season is still in!  Next year he can experiment with the seeds.  How far can you spit your seeds?  LOL!

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Take 15 Minutes and Just Do it February 28, 2012

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The current state of my desk is messy, to say the very least.  I probably should be cleaning it off and checking off more things from the never-ending scattered To-Do list, but I decided to write for a few minutes instead. 

 

Here is my desk right now, at this very moment.  10:45pm CST

 

My Desk - What a MESS!

Sorry for the blurry cell phone picture, at night time with horrid lighting!

 

See, I told you MESSY!  A random assortment of things honestly, that end of up piling up on my desk.  It is a wonder I get anything done at all!  HA!  I pride myself on being organized, but I also guess I have to admit that I can be a bit messy.  I need to take a few minutes and just deal with the mess.  File, recycle, and shred papers, compile to-do lists,  put things away in their proper place, etc.  I need to take 15 minutes. 

Earlier this evening I took the few extra minutes to sweep and swiffer our kitchen floor.   It was grungy and I do not enjoy cleaning the floor, but tonight the grunge factor took over and I decided to just deal with the mess. Of course I felt better after it was over, well worth the few minutes. 

Earlier today I finally wrote out the invitations to Cason’s family birthday party that is this Sunday.  Yep, the party is this Sunday and I am just now getting invitations in the mail.  For some reason I have put this task off and have not wanted to get it done.  But today when I sat down and spent less than 15 minutes getting it done, I thought to myself….”why did you put that off…that took no time to take care of!”   I should have done that last week and been done with that small task!  It is amazing what a small item on your to-do list that is looming over you can become bigger and more difficult to tackle in your mind.  Though a bit late in sending them, the invitations are officially in the mail.  I am going to quit beating myself up over the fact that I should have already sent the invitations out and move on!  It did feel good to check that task off the to-do list today.  Next I have the invitations to Cason’s other birthday party the following weekend.  My goal is to be in the mail by Thursday.

Ok, I digressed, sorry! So before this desk gets any messier, I am off to take 15 minutes and just deal with my mess of a desk.  I encourage you to take 15 minutes and deal with something that has been looming on your to-do list or just needs to get done!  I promise you will feel better after! 

 

Hope your week is off to a great start! Take 15 minutes and tell me what you did in the Comments section below!

Iris

 

One digit makes all the difference February 24, 2012

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First off, Woo Hoo!  It is FRIDAY!  TGIF TGIF TGIF!  Can you tell that I am glad it is Friday.  Whew, what a week! Hello Weekend!

 

Ok, on to the point of this blog post…

 

I am sure many of you ladies have given out your number to a guy and perhaps mixed up one digit, perhaps two digits so that he could not call you.  Heck, some of you may be dyslexic and have to deal with mixed up digits all the time!  But for me, I am known for being correct with phone numbers, particularly when it comes to my job! 

 

Many of you know that I work in Business Development/Sales and that I conduct most of my meetings via conference line and online virtual meetings.  I have been working on a potential project since June of last year and in this past week, I have finally received the go-ahead on this project. YEA!  Today was our ‘kick-off’ call with the client and one of my last times to chat with our main contact.  So, in my quick haste last night to send out a meeting request, I hurriedly entered the conference line information and passcode and hit Send. 

 

Well when it came time to be on the call today, I was the only one on the line and then my coworker sends me an IM saying something is wrong with the conference line, then she realizes I had provided the wrong conference line number in the meeting request.  I was off by one digit.  7 instead of 1.  So as I am quickly sending emails to the meeting participants to get everyone on the correct line, I receive another IM from my other coworker, Ashley, who is also supposed to be on the call with me… 

 

Her IM read:  “is this a porn hot line!?" 

 

OMG!  OH MY GOD, yes that is what I squealed!  How embarrassing!  Geez!  The exact word I typed back to my coworkers was $HIT! Thank goodness the client was very understanding and the rest of the call went fine.  Good Grief!

 

I had provided the wrong phone number, off by one digit and when you dial the number I provided, it went to a “live chat” hotline advertising recording.  The thoughts that ran through my head of what possibly could be on the other wrong phone number recording! Whew, it was only a “live chat” hotline, but it was still bad enough!  Funny afterwards though! As my coworker Ashley put it, “This ones for the books.”  In my world, this funny Friday moment is “one for the blog!” 

 

Done something embarrassing lately?  Do tell in the comments!  🙂

 

TGIF! again for good measure!

 

Go out and have a fantastic weekend!

Iris, still a little red-in-the-face! (#^.^#)

 

Seven Kids February 22, 2012

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Today I had to return a few items to a local store, Bargain Hunt, and when I entered the store and got in line, I encountered a Mom and her seven children ranging in age from less than 1 year old to maybe 12.  It was like a pack of kids.  Overall, I thought they were pretty well behaved, all things considered.  It was just before lunch time and I think the whole pack was hungry and more than ready to go, and of course there was a problem at the register.  In my past life (pre-mommy era) this type of scenario would have annoyed me and probably make me curse under my breath, but today, well today was different. 

As I began to scan the kids, 5 boys, 2 girls, and tried to best guess their ages, I began to think to myself, “Bless this woman.” I know I could not handle that situation as gracefully as she was trying to keep her composure.  The mom, above anyone else, wanted to get the heck out of that store and take her pack with her.  I tried my best to help entertain the little one in the stroller from a comfortable distance, but there was a lot going on and he was easily distracted.  The mom was trying her best to keep her kids corralled together and she was losing the battle.  At any rate, another register opened and I went about my day.  I am sure the mom was glad I was able to go to a different line and I was glad since I no longer had to stand there trying to not look uncomfortable.   The mom and her pack left and I assume got into a large vehicle of some type, probably a 15-passenger van or something similar. 

 

This could be their family bumper sticker on the van…

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So, what makes me want to write down this little story about the mom and her seven kids?  Well, so far Cason has been superb, all star baby and I know that at some point the streak will end.  I know that one day (probably sooner than later) Cason, or any other future children will inevitably have a meltdown or major tantrum in a store and I will be the frazzled mom trying desperately to look cool, calm, and collected, but really I just want to cry and run from the store with my kid(s) in tow…and I will want someone to be gracious with me and not be cruel or snippy or stare, etc.  Trust me, I will be wanting to crawl into a black hole when it occurs, so please be kind!  :-)  Today was an exercise of showing someone grace and sending out some karma vibes for when I need some good karma. 

 

And just in case you are curious, Pete and I have no plans to have seven children.  LOL! 

 

Y’all have a nice day!

Iris